We are living in a world of changing environment and it is important to be aware environmentally. In many ways, it is substantial to have enough knowledge about how you can save through building or purchasing a sustainable home. There are various measures on how you can transform a house producing emission into an energy-efficient home and these ways are simple — from switching to products that are friendly to the environment and many more easy methods.
However, we don’t hear about green homes more often. The concept is well-liked but not frequently brought about. It sure is popular and the benefits are as pretty as a picture. But what’s inhibiting homeowners from achieving a greenhouse? Going green would probably take a big bite out of your budget for home renovation or home construction, that’s why. A lot of materials in building a home that makes it easier to achieve desirable temperature are very costly. In America, building an eco-friendly home would cost at a range of $100,000 to $400,000 because of its high-quality materials and methods of construction that will offer fewer repairs in the future than a standard home would require.
You are probably preparing to stop reading from here because who would want to deal with expenses just to go green? I know. We know! But think long term. Being green can be quite expensive or out of your budget — but one thing is for sure, in the long run, a green home will definitely increase your savings. With this, you wouldn’t have to stress yourself out and worry from paying high monthly bills anymore, you would be able to put your money into something else that is more important, save extra money for special occasions, outings, and travels, and you are going to help in the reduction of carbon footprint which is a very important issue in saving the Earth. Those are just some of the prizes that await.
Here are some techniques you can do to start from black to going green:
Refer to Your Map
When purchasing or building a home, future homeowners should definitely consider one of the most vital aspects — location. The property’s location is important because it plays a huge role in your first steps to go green. Try building or looking for a home that is not facing west. This technique can certainly keep your home cool because it is less exposed from the sun throughout the day. You might also want to avoid properties that are in environmentally sensitive areas. These areas are either frequently hit by hurricanes, gets easily flooded, or earthquake-prone. Checking for accessible supermarkets and other facilities is also important and if there is a convenient way to get to public transport as this will help you reduce usage of your vehicle from getting to a point.
Get Some Sun
The most renewable energy comes directly from the sun. And human beings have come a long way in figuring out how to use the sun’s energy to achieve the most beneficial prizes. One of which is cutting down the consumption of energy through collected solar power in solar panels. Solar panels are initially expensive. But the remarkable long-term energy savings can leave a household in awe. The amount of power a home can collect depends on the location and the way the panels are constructed. So if you want to go from green to greener, solar panels will certainly be of great help.
Switch to Efficient Appliances
You just purchased or built your dream green home, congratulations! But it doesn’t stop there. Another idea to achieve a greener home is selecting the best appliances for your home that are energy-efficient. There are many appliances that offer not only remarkable energy savings but also performance. Try to choose those who are certified by adjudged as energy-efficient by certain institutions and agencies.
We have our own preferences but when it comes to the size of a home, it is best to build a smaller one if you are planning of going green. Mainly because a smaller house takes less impact on the environment compare to that of a large home. With the amount of space in a larger house, it would likely require more heating and cooling. It is advisable to make your home provide way more tangible benefits out of the money spent in building it. However, extending the family or bringing in some relatives is inevitable. Just make sure to put adequate means in place.
Keep in Mind the 3Rs
We have been accommodating the principle of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle or the 3Rs. Cut back on the amount of trash generated in your household. This means to lessen acquiring unnecessary products that are harmful to the environment. You can also recycle materials like plastics, tiles, and glasses for aesthetic purposes in your next home improvement project. You can also reuse materials like wood flooring and doors that you have previously used.
Go Green Light
One misconception about LEDs is that they are much more expensive than traditional incandescent bulbs. That is true. But wanting a greenhouse means taking all measures to “be green” including choosing environment-friendly lights such as LEDs. Although they are costly to acquire, they offer remarkable savings from energy in the long run.
Most households in America use rain barrels to collect rainwater. It is advisable to get one or any rainwater harvesting system if you are building a greenhouse. This technique collects rainwater from the roof and make its way to a tank as its storage. The water that is collected will be used for such household purposes including sprinkler systems and toilets.
Replace or Update Windows
The U.S. Department of Energy (Energy Saver) said that energy efficient windows are an important consideration for both new and existing homes. In green homebuilding, it is important to know that windows with higher energy efficiency can definitely increase energy-savings in the household. In selecting, look for windows that are labeled as ENERGY STAR windows. These products are deemed energy efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are designed to protect the environment. For a purchased home, a thorough window inspection should be done to get an idea whether existing windows have air leaks, need treatment, or need to be replaced. In this manner, homebuyer would be able to come up with the best solutions to improve efficiency and achieve a greenhouse.